Access Site Complications

  • Rory Bricker
  • Javier ValleEmail author


An understanding of access site complications is essential for the invasive cardiologist. Access site complications are associated with increased morbidity and all-cause mortality, and cessation of evidence-based therapies. While absolute rates of major access site complications are low, the large volume of yearly endovascular interventions means that many patients are affected by these complications despite best practices. In this chapter we review the most common complications that can occur in the catheterization laboratory by access site and outline evidence- and experience-based measures and techniques for the prevention and management of these events.



We would like to thank and acknowledge Stephen W. Waldo, MD, Ehrin J. Armstrong, MD and John C. Messenger, MD for their support, guidance and mentorship.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cardiology, University of Colorado School of MedicineAuroraUSA
  2. 2.Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care SystemDenverUSA

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